Elvis Presley’s first Las Vegas contract up for auction
An iconic piece of music and Las Vegas history is up for auction: Elvis Presley’s first contract
Elvis Presley’s first Las Vegas contract will be auctioned in the uk later this month.
Described by auction house Henry Aldridge & Son as “an exceptional iconic piece of Las Vegas and music history,” the William Morris Agency contract signed by Presley in two places.
The contract covers the Presley’s two-week engagement at the New Frontier Hotel in las Vegas during the end of April and beginning of May, 1956.
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The Las Vegas shows came at the beginning of Elvis’ career and his performances for an audience of mostly middle-aged men not generate the level of hysteria in connection with his later shows.
“This was still in the beginning of 1956, Presley was on the verge of greatness, until now, Elvis had performed in front of screaming teenagers, but things would be different in Las Vegas,” said Henry Aldridge & Son, in a statement. “In comparison with the usual teenage hysteria, however, Elvis had a lukewarm acceptance from the public of middle age.”
A number of teenagers, however, get to see and meet Elvis in a special matinee performance on Saturday 28 April, which has been described as a resounding success.
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Presley’s closing performance on May 6, 1956 was recorded and released on “Elvis Aron Presley,” an 8-record box set released in connection with Elvis’ 25th Anniversary with RCA in November 1980.
Elvis was paid $7,500 per week for his involvement in the New Frontier Hotel. When he returned to perform in the city 13 years later, he was the global superstar. “In 1969 he signed up for a month-long residency at the International Hotel as perhaps the biggest rock and roll stars in the world, he made more than $1 million in four weeks and eventually became synonymous with the city,” says Henry Aldridge & Son.
Elvis was a fixture on the Las Vegas entertainment scene until he died in 1977.
The contract has a Elvis Presley Museum certificate of authenticity, has a pre-sale estimate of $33,476 $40,171.
The auction will take place on Saturday 16 June.
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